Maria João Guia


Maria João Guia is PhD in "Law, Justice and Citizenship in the XXIst Century" at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Master in Strategic Border Management, Master in Translation and Master in Sociology. She is author of the PhD thesis "Immigration, 'Crimmigration' and violent crime. The convicted inmates and the representations of Immigration and Crime". She is Researcher of the Centre for Legal Research at the University of Coimbra, Reesearcher of Ratio Legis in UAL, and Associate Researcher at the Center of Human Rights, at the Faculty of Law, University of Coimbra. She published two books on Immigration and Crime (2008 and 2010), edited book with Springer "The Illegal Business of Human Trafficking (2015), Immigration, Detention, Risk and Human Rights (2016), Prison, State and Violence (2019). She organised another in Portuguese language on crimmigration (2012), co-edited the book Social Control and Justice: Crimmigration in the Age of Fear (2012) with Maartje van der Woude and Joanne van der Leun and she is also co-editor and editor of additional forthcoming publications. Maria João Guia was appointed in 2012 as a SYLFF Fellow for her leadership and organisational skills with a grant to develop academic projects. CINETS network ( has been one of her academic priorities (she is the Director of this International Net of Studies). She is also the co-chair of the Working Group 'Immigration, Crime and Citizenship,' together with May-Len Skilbri at the European Society of Criminology. Maria has organised and co-organised various panels, workshops, discussion groups, and conferences under topics as immigration and crime, crimmigration, human trafficking, the rights of victims in criminal processes, the rights of immigrants, and incarceration. She is Invited Professor at the University of Coimbra and the Autonomous University in Lisbon. She has supervised and co-supervised many master, PhD and Post-PhD students in the topics of her expertise. She is devoted to research and criminal investigation, occupying different positions at European level. She is member of several international and national societies and research projects.

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Guia, Maria João (2019), Policing and prosecution of migration crime: the Daedalus puzzle of European immigration policies: law in books and law in action in a corner of the EU, in Valsamis Mitsilegas; Saskia Hufnagel; Anton Moiseienko (org.), Research Handbook on Transnational Crime. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 212-222

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Book Chapter

Guia, Maria João (2018), Nowhere's Land: Why Immigrants Should Currently Fear Moving to European Union Societies, in Pirani, B. (org.), he Borders of Integration: Empowered Bodies and Social Cohesion. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 97-120

Book Chapter

Guia, Maria João (2018), A construção do inimigo estrangeiro na Europa: pobreza, securitização e perceção do crime, in Isabel Maria Freitas Valente e José Blanes Sala (org.), Cidadania, Migrações, Direitos Humanos - trajetórias de um debate em aberto. -: Universidade Federal de Campina Grande